UCLA Health provides a transitional work program allowing employees who are medically restricted from performing regular work due to an injury or illness to return to work in a modified capacity on a temporary basis for up to 90 days. If restrictions continue beyond the initial 90-day period, typically a leave of absence is provided. Extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis and are based upon additional information from your doctor and the availability of modified work within your department.
It is the expectation of the Medical Center that each department make every effort to temporarily accommodate their own employees. Our policy states the employer is required to attempt to accommodate the injured workers for the first 90 days following a work related injury.
Managers should contact the HR Return to Work Coordinators to obtain a “Transitional Return to Work Agreement” for all temporary modified duty assignments. The agreement is to create a modified duty assignment with clear expectations between the department and the employee based on the work restrictions provided by their medical provider. The “Transitional Return to Work Agreement” is a required form and Managers must send the completed copy back to HRWorkersComp@mednet.ucla.edu immediately.
Please note that all modified duty assignments are subject to regular attendance policy. If the modified duty assignment results in a reduced work schedule, employee shall contact the LOA Team regarding their rights and responsibilities under FMLA/Leave of Absence.